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February 26, 2020

The epicentre of risk in the financial system has moved. In 2008, it was leverage in the banks. Today, the equivalent risk is in the asset management industry, where a series of interlocking factors have come together to make markets increasingly ‘avalanche prone’. There is an illusion of stability. Low volatility has lulled many to sleep. We believe this will end badly—and are positioning portfolios to protect our clients from the avalanche.

This is the first of two white papers published by our chief investment officer, Henry Maxey, on the current investment climate and where we see the risks. The second paper, Dismantling the Deflation Machine, will be published in March.

February 21, 2020

An inconvenient side effect to living in today’s fully digitised world is that threats have also gone digital—become more difficult to discover, track and neutralise. All financial institutions are now faced with the colossal task of protecting against increased threats to their business, no matter how ‘under the radar’ their profiles have traditionally been—family offices included.

An inconvenient side effect to living in today’s fully digitised world is that threats have also gone digital—become more difficult to discover, track and neutralise. All financial institutions are now faced with the colossal task of protecting against increased threats to their business, no matter how ‘under the radar’ their profiles have traditionally been—family offices included.

February 19, 2020

Walmart is disappointed with festive consumer spending and Asda but online sales up 35%, JCB cuts UK production as the coronavirus hits Chinese suppliers, and fifth-generation US newspaper dynasty McClatchy Co files for bankruptcy.

Walmart disappointed with festive consumer spending and Asda but online sales up 35%.

Walmart, the world’s biggest family business with $524 billion in revenue and an economic bellwether, says holiday sales were weaker than anticipated despite online sales jumping 35% in the fiscal year.

February 17, 2020

Search funds have gained prominence in the US and are gathering steam in other parts of the world. Why have they caught the attention of family businesses and family offices? Jeremy Hazlehurst reports

Search funds have gained prominence in the US and are gathering steam in other parts of the world. Why have they caught the attention of family businesses and family offices? Jeremy Hazlehurst reports

Imagine you are a young, ambitious, entrepreneurially-minded MBA graduate. You want to run a business, but not a start-up. You do not want to wait decades to work your way up through the ranks of a business. A search fund could be the answer to your prayers. 

February 14, 2020

Inditex pumps $9.2 million into social welfare; Benetton fires photographer over bridge remark; Frederick Koch, US philanthropist, dies aged 86.

Ortego-owned Inditex pumps $9.2 million into social welfare

The Ortega family-owned Spanish fashion giant Inditex, best known for its high street retail chain Zara, will give €8.5 million ($9.2 million) to the Catholic Church’s charitable organisation Caritas Spain for social employment and circular economy efforts.

February 13, 2020

Family business involves the informal, the unsaid and the invisible as much as the formal, the said and the visible. It’s all about the past linked to the present and the future with each family member having a unique lens of interpretation that’s relevant and true for them from their perspective.

Family business involves the informal, the unsaid and the invisible as much as the formal, the said and the visible. It’s all about the past linked to the present and the future with each family member having a unique lens of interpretation that’s relevant and true for them from their perspective.

Emotional sensitivity matters and threads of purpose awaken in families in very different ways. An informal network exists in families both at home and in the office which can undermine the formal network easily.

February 12, 2020

Ronald Reagan ran in 1984 with a famous TV commercial which started with the line ‘It’s morning in America’. This was to signify that the best was yet to come. We think there is a chance, just a chance, that the UK could also be at the start of an exciting period.

Ronald Reagan ran in 1984 with a famous TV commercial which started with the line ‘It’s morning in America’. This was to signify that the best was yet to come. We think there is a chance, just a chance, that the UK could also be at the start of an exciting period.

February 6, 2020

Devices to beat hospital-acquired infections, prevent opioid overdoses and instantly spot infections in blood are among the pioneering healthcare innovations being showcased to family investors at the upcoming MedTech Investing Europe Conference in Lausanne.

Devices to beat hospital-acquired infections, prevent opioid overdoses and instantly spot infections in blood are among the pioneering healthcare innovations being showcased to family investors at the upcoming MedTech Investing Europe Conference.

February 5, 2020

The year 2020 will see family offices invest tactically and bolster their cyber security in the face of uncertain geopolitics, while family values are promoted to retain top talent and next gens lead the charge on digital streamlining.

The year 2020 will see family offices invest tactically and bolster their cyber security in the face of uncertain geopolitics, while family values are promoted to retain top talent and next gens lead the charge on digital streamlining.

KPMG’s Greg Limb, head of family office and private client, and Andra Ilie, senior manager, family office and private client, share their predictions for the world's family offices in the year ahead.

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